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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

Who will be left after lights out?

At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game- it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "Killed" during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the "Killer" is. When Cate's finally invited to join the Assassins' Guild, she know it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.

But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she's the next target?

Originally published in the United Kingdom by Chicken House in 2015 under title: Killer game.@ goodreads 




I was thinking this book was going to be something else entirely. I'm not sure why but I had a few movies running around in my head where they were these masks, but that has nothing to do with the story.

This book is a little more young adult than I was expecting when I started reading it but I really enjoyed it. The kids are sort of weird and dorky acting but who isn't at that age. It does have a creep factor that reminds me of the young horror books I used to read as a kid. I'm old, that was a long time ago.

Cate's parents own an island in the Irish Sea and there is a school on the island called Umfraville. So naturally Cate gets placed in this school. She has some good friends, Daniel and Marsha seem to be the closest but there are more.


The school has a Guild where they play a game called Killed. This isn't a computer game, it's for real. Okay, so not for real kill...... or......

They get initiated into the Guild and there is a really gross way that Cate is initiated, I will save that one for you all to read about yourselves. They have meetings etc and once they get a certain number of kids initiated, the leader (Alex) puts names on cards and whoever draws the KILLER card is the one that goes around taking out the other players. Simple little cheesy stuff like putting stuff that will look like the water is bleeding on you in the shower. I thought it sounded fun at that point.

Cate's friend from childhood suddenly shows up at the school. She hasn't talked to him in years when her parents moved and wouldn't really let her talk to Vaughan. But why is he there? And how did get immediately initiated into the game?

There are mysteries everywhere and it's all good until the game turns lethal. Someone has gone of their nut and starts killing for real. And you know what? I know who the killer is :-)

I really did enjoy this book once it got going, it made made me think of childhood scares that I loved ever so much!

*I would like to thank Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*






  1. Okay the cover is what caught my attention, but the description is what made me stay and your review is what swayed me. I think I will pick it up from my library (eventually) and look forward to reading it. Great review!

    1. That's awesome! I hope you enjoy it :-)

  2. Oo sounds like a good one! Great review. I haven't talked to you in a while, I hope things are going well. Sending lots of
    Hugs your way!! 💗🦄